I realize I took a hiatus, but I’m back and excited to talk about RHOP with you guys!
We start off getting ready for Monique’s Rainbow Party. I learned this from the show – a Rainbow Baby is when you get pregnant/have a baby after you miscarry. I absolutely love everything about this idea.
We’re all around Potomac – Gizelle is taking care of her daughter, Angel, who is sick. Robyn is with her kids – they’re playing sports. (Sorry, I wasn’t paying attention to what sport.) Neither of them are going to be able to make Monique’s party.
This party is super extra, and I’m loving it.
The guests are all arriving. Shirley, Monique’s Mother-in-Law, is there. Monique fills us in that this is the first time she’s seen Shirley in two years, and would like an apology from her.
Monique gives a speech about the meaning behind having the Rainbow Party, and she tells us all that there is “Healing in sharing.”
They release doves for all of the Rainbow Babies in the world, which is so sweet. Shirley then announces that she would like to say something. Monique looks nervous AF but Shirley actually apologizes and says she wants to move forward. It’s a really nice moment all around.
Ashley and Michael are talking about the fact that Ashley miscarried – Michael basically says that he would like to have a Rainbow Party for their future baby when/if Ashley gets pregnant. He gets super emotional while talking about it, and has to walk away from the table.
Monique thanks everyone for coming, and asks if anyone would like to share their own personal story. Ashley does, and she shares her struggle about the miscarriage and her fears about not being able to have a baby.
Karen is emotional – she’s watching Chris with his father, and is missing her own father. She tells us in her confessional that after hearing Ashley’s speech and seeing what she’s been through, she does see a change in her.
Ashley pulls Karen aside and asks her if they can chat. Karen agrees. Ashley starts off by saying that she knows that they have a “rocky past” and I’m LOLing when Karen corrects her and says, “Very rocky.” Ashley asks Karen if she would like to do something with her one on one. Karen doesn’t immediately agree but is open to the idea. She thinks that loss may be able to bring them together.
We’re at Gizelle’s, and her mom is over. I’m dying at their dynamic. Gizelle’s mom is super sassy and kind of shady, but Gizelle tells us, “My mom always shades me with love.” 😂 Gizelle fills her mom in on how her therapy is going, and she also tells her it’s given her the courage to pursue something – buying a house for her and her girls. She says that it needs a lot of work, but she doesn’t mind taking on a project. Her mom doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Gizelle says something along the lines of, “Robyn’s doing it and is fine!” And the producers are so shady switching over to Robyn’s investment property that looks horrible.
Despite setbacks, Robyn is invested in flipping this house. It’s just taken her longer than she realized it would. I almost feel like Robyn really wants to prove to Juan that she can do this. She says she’s excited to see where their relationship goes once it’s finished, and this is weird to me. I understand wanting to make your partner/significant other proud, but I don’t think this should have any bearing on their relationship. Maybe I’m missing something?
Over at Monique’s, Monique and Chris are chatting with Shirley. Monique tells her that she appreciates her apology. She tells us in her confessional that she gave her “a public apology for publicly embarrassing me.” Lmfao. She tells Shirley she can be shady sometimes and Shirley’s like, “That’s just how I am.” Chris is such a good guy – he intervenes, and all three of them agree to move forward. I honestly am loving Monique, she just calls it like she sees it.
Ashley and Michael are meeting with an acupuncturist. Ashley is willing to try anything to get pregnant. The acupuncturist asks Michael his age, and suggests getting his sperm checked – and this idea is so ludicrous to Michael. Like hello, you’re almost 60 years old! Michael should’ve done that already. 🤦🏼♀️
Gizelle and Candiace meet up to have lunch at Candiace’s husband Chris’s restaurant. Gizelle said she really enjoyed Candiace while they were in NOLA & she looks at her like a “little sister.”
They start talking about the Rainbow Party, and Candiace immediately goes in on Ashley. She doesn’t buy anything Ashley said. Candiace imitates her, and I’m not here for it. I actually think it’s really fucked up. I’m confused to why Candiace even apologized to Ashley while they were away – she obviously didn’t mean it.
Gizelle changes the subject, and they start talking about their trip. Candiace says, “Monique had some funny things to say about Katie.” She says that Monique said something about Katie looking like Amistad , and Gizelle is immediately offended and is like, “She’s saying Katie looked like a slave?” I’m so annoyed because we see the flashback of Monique literally saying Katie used to dress prim & proper and now is a free spirit. Why are we twisting her words!? She clearly had no ill intent when she was talking about Katie, so I’m not sure where Candiace is going with this. Candiace tells us in her confessional that she “should’ve just shut the fuck up” and I completely agree.
Ashley and Karen do meet up – they go to a Himalayan Salt Cave. (I am dying to go to one!!!) Karen at first is super skeptical – she thinks that this is all bullshit. However, when the woman who is running the session tells her she’s a psychic medium and that her dad is in the room, Karen completely breaks down.
He tells Karen, “You’ve got this, baby girl.” And Karen says that she knows, she just really misses him and her mom. She tells us that it’s healing for her to feel his presence in the room with her.
Ashley shares her fears with Karen – she is full of self doubt and overwhelming anxiety. What if she’s not meant to be a mom? She talks about how Michael is almost 60, and she’s scared she’ll end up alone.
Honestly this scene between Ashley and Karen was very heartwarming. Karen comforts Ashley – she tells her Ray was 50 when Raven was born, and this baby could make Michael feel younger. Ashley is grateful and tells Karen that she needed to hear that.
We’re at the end, and that mid season trailer honestly has me fucked up! I’m still laughing thinking of Gizelle yelling “Security!” which I assume she’s mocking Karen by saying.
Until next week…..